Welcome Message

The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is dedicated to the central practice of awakening. The activities of the Center cultivate awareness of the essential beauty and dignity of life coming from full engagement with life-as-it-is.

The Compassionate Ocean Dharma Center is named after Jikai Dainin Katagiri Roshi, the root teacher of Joen Snyder O'Neal and Michael O'Neal. Jikai, Compassionate Ocean, refers to reality itself, which always holds us and bathes us with compassion. Even though we may not be aware of it, even though we may be experiencing a lot of suffering, still we are held in the great ocean of Buddha's compassion.

The Center offers programs in Zen practice and study as well as programs in mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.


Program Highlights


Our website is updated periodically, primarily in April for Summer activities, August for Fall activities, and December for Winter activities.

For the most current information, please refer to the Calendar tab.

Yard Sale to Benefit Compassionate Ocean

Friday, August 5 and Saturday August 6, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location: 4140 Xerxes Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55410

This fundraiser for Compassionate Ocean invites donations of good quality items, including furniture, kitchenware, decorative items, toys, games, books, CDs and DVDs, and gently used clothing. Please avoid outdated electronics, and call in advance to discuss donations of especially heavy or bulky items. Please come to shop as well! Volunteers are also needed; please call the Center, 612-781-7640.

For a Future to Be Possible Event

Climate Change

Potluck at 6:00 p.m.
Presentation and Discussion 7:00-9:00 p.m.
July 22 and August 19
No fee; register in advance by phone or email
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Total Dynamic Living-An Eight Week Program in Mindfulness and Mindfullness-Based Stress Reduction

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, June 91 to July 28

Both classes include a one-day retreat on Saturday July 25.
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Fall 2016

Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, Sept. 20-Nov.8

St. Paul
Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, Sept. 22-Nov. 10

Both classes include a one-day retreat on Saturday Nov. 5.
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Buddhist Studies Course

Lovingkindness: The Practice of Opening the Heart

Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:45 P.M., June 8 - July 27

Welcome Sessions

Sunday June 5
Friday, June 10

New people are always welcome at our Friday and Sunday morning gatherings.To provide a special welcome, welcome sessions that include an orientation to our practice are offered periodically. These are excellent opportunities to find out more about sangha gatherings if you are curious but haven't got around to coming.

Introduction to Zen Practice

A two-class introduction to Zen meditation and related practices.

No fee; pre-registration required.
Mondays, June 13 and June 20, 7:00-8:30 P.M.
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Sangha Retreats

Practice Period at Hokyoji

August 29-September 5
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Weekly Gatherings

Sunday Morning Gatherings: 9:00 -11:15 A.M.
Friday Morning Gatherings: 9:30-11:00 A.M.
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Orientation to Zen Meditation

Basic instruction in Zen sitting practice offered
Sunday mornings at 8:15 A.M.

Meditation Schedule

Wednesday morning, 7:00-8:45 A.M.
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